It’s Open Enrollment – And You Need to Know Immigrants and Their Family Members Have Rights When Applying for Health Insurance Coverage

It’s open enrollment for the health care law – also known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare” – which has increased access to high quality, affordable health care by allowing millions of people previously without insurance to get the health care they need. The ACA made great progress for the health of our nation, and we continue to do everything in our power to support, defend, and continue to make it better. However, as it stands, the ACA does not include everyone. This fact, coupled with the Trump Administration’s harsh immigration policies, creates fear and confusion about what rights immigrants and their families have to obtain health insurance – especially for undocumented families and families who have some members who are undocumented.  
We’ve got you covered and we are here to help break it down for you. The ACA is still the law of the land. During open enrollment (November 1, 2017 – December 15, 2017) you can renew your insurance coverage or if you don’t have insurance coverage you can sign up. Go to the Health Insurance Marketplace where you can renew or enroll in the insurance plan that best fits your health needs and your budget. Once you sign up your health insurance coverage will be effective as early as January 1, 2018.  
While most lawfully present immigrants are eligible to purchase private insurance and receive subsidies to make private health insurance coverage more affordable, undocumented immigrants and individuals who previously had DACA status were left out of coverage under the ACA. BUT undocumented families and families with undocumented members still have rights when it comes to accessing health care.  
Here Is The Bottom Line: You Shouldn’t Have to be Afraid to Access the Care You Need. If You or a Family Member is Undocumented Know Your Rights: